Virgin Atlantic Flight Status
Via flightstatus24.com you can turn any device into an Virgin Atlantic flight status tracker in seconds. To follow the Virgin Atlantic flight status you just have follow the steps below:
- Take your flight number that you want to track;
- On the top right corner you find a looking glass logo, click on it;
- Enter the Virgin Atlantic flight number;
- You will see a drop down menu showing all the flights and extra information about the Virgin Atlantic flight status. Select the flight that you are interested in by clicking on it. The radar will now find the plane and follow it on the Virgin Atlantic flight status tracker
History of Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic was first called British Atlantic Airways when it was established in 1984. The airline’s owners never intended for the brand to expand into a global airline, it was conceived as an airline to carry passengers and cargo to the Falkland Islands from the United Kingdom. However, due to regulatory hurdles the company never managed to secure the rights for the route. After a decision was made that more funding is needed in order for the airline to be a viable business, Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Group was contacted. Negotiations commenced and ended with the creation of Virgin Atlantic Airlines. The inaugural flight commenced in June 1984 and travelled from Newark to London using a leased Boeing 747. One of the conditions of investment from the Virgin Group was that the venture had to be profitable within one year. After its first 12 months of operation, Virgin Atlantic Airways had turned a profit.
The 1990’s saw Virgin Atlantic adding more and more Trans-Atlantic routes to its flight schedule. New routes from its base at London Gatwick airport to New York’s JFK airport was launched and proved to be successful. Competition between Virgin Atlantic and British Airways has always been tough and both sides have resorted to questionable marketing tactics in order to remain profitable. In a protracted legal battle, Virgin Atlantic was awarded financial compensation as a result of a smear campaign against the airline which was spearheaded by British Airways. In recent years Virgin Atlantic has been experiencing financial difficulties which led to several agreements between Delta Airlines and a sale of shares to Air France-KLM.
Virgin Atlantic Fleet
Virgin Atlantic’s fleet consists mainly of Boeing 747-800’s and several Airbus A-300 models. The airline operates only wide-bodied jets. The fleet consists of a total of 49 aircraft which are based at either London Gatwick or London Heathrow airports. In recent years Virgin Atlantic has cancelled several orders for new aircraft and proceeded to re-introduce retired aircraft to their fleet. All aircraft in the Virgin Atlantic fleet can be tracked using flightradar.co.uk making it easy to view the status of your flight at any time.
Virgin Atlantic Interesting Facts
Virgin Atlantic and Sir Richard Branson have expressed their commitment to a reduction in the number of greenhouse gasses emitted by aircraft. In an effort to reduce these gasses, the airline has conducted several experiments to establish the viability of alternative fuel sources.
Virgin Atlantic flight status Arrival times and Departure times
You can also track the arrival times and departure times of any Virgin Atlantic flight on our website! Simply click here and use the search function in the flight radar to check the arrival and departure times of the flight you with to track.
Virgin Atlantic Destinations
Virgin Atlantic operate mainly on Trans-Atlantic routes between the USA and the UK. A total of 33 destinations are serviced by the airline. In addition to several US cities, the airline also flies to UK cities other than London and there are routes to the Carribean.